Quick. Name all the spreadsheet apps that run on the Mac. OK, there’s Numbers. That’s from Apple. Excel from Microsoft. Don’t forget, oh, uh, what’s the name of that app?
Actually, if you don’t mind serious Excel-like functionality in a Windows-like interface, there’s Libre Office. But what if you’re flummoxed by Excel, and find that Apple’s built-in Numbers doesn’t have your number? What you need is a simple spreadsheet; one with a modest learning curve combined with basic usability.
TableEdit Edits Tables
That’s the name of the littlest Mac spreadsheet I’ve ever seen. TableEdit. This is minimalist personified. It’s not Excel. It’s not even Numbers. But if you understand the concepts of small is beautiful and simple is better, then getting TableEdit for free just seems like the bargain of the week.
Look. Eye candy.
If you’ve ever used a spreadsheet in a past life then you’ll be much at home with TableEdit. Style cells, format cells, drop in Excel-compatible functions (but not all of them; this is free, right?) and formulas and click to get some eye candy charts which are decent considering the nominal price tag (free is nominal, right?).
What if you have some Excel spreadsheets but don’t have Excel handy?
TableEdit can import CSV files and Excel files, either drag and drop or through the import option. It even exports spreadsheets to Excel.
I was especially impressed with how many different Excel spreadsheets I could suck up into TableEdit. There might be some incompatibilities but I couldn’t find it on my spreadsheet collection.
Likewise, the charts and graphs work much like Excel so you can click to visualize table cell data, customize and define colors and styles, and, very Mac-like, you can move the charts and graphs around the spreadsheet.
The app is downloadable from the Mac App Store and from the developer’s website. If you’re overtaxed by Excel, and Numbers doesn’t have your number, then TableEdit might be the candidate of choice. Either way, it’s worth a look thanks to the try-before-you-buy option.